The Waterproof Mascara Guide For Every Summer Situation

Victoria Moorhouse

Smudged mascara is one of the eternal beauty problems of summer. Not only are you in contact with H2O way more (a girl’s got to have some relief), but stuff you can’t control like sweat and a seasonal shower make it really difficult to maintain perfectly coated and separated lashes. The quick fix is layering on a formula that can withstand the droplets—i.e. finding the best waterproof mascara for every balmy situation. From the product to grab before hot yoga to the formula that won’t drip down your face after a cannonball, we’ve got them all.

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The best waterproof mascaraThe Hot Yoga Session
You don’t want to be THAT girl who puts on a ton of makeup just to hit the gym, but it’s more than OK if you want just a little something to help you look more awake. 6 AM comes early, kids. You know you’re going to sweat big time in a hot yoga class, so to stop mascara from dripping into your eyes when you’re in Downward Dog, try grabbing a product that is resistant to water but also isn’t overly va va voom in the volume department. This product from CoverGirl applies really naturally, separating and elongating lashes in a non-falsies kind of way. (CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom by LashBlast Waterproof Mascara, $6,

the best waterproof mascara

The Beach Trip
Salt, in some shape or form, gets a lot of praise in the beauty world. But we often forget that too much contact with it can leave our hair, skin, and nails super dry. Lashes are no exception. Before you put on your bathing suit, treat them with a mascara that will up the pigment and boost volume but will also condition them with nourishing ingredients like argan oil. That’s the star of this mascara tube that claims you’ll be free of clumps, too.
(Rimmel London Wonderlash Waterproof Mascara, $8,

makeup forever The Random Rain Shower
We’ve all been caught in them, and if an umbrella isn’t in near sight, your hair and makeup can be the casualties. You probably don’t want to skip the step of mascara just because there might be a storm on its way—especially if you have plans that go well with noticeable and lengthened lashes. Try this product from Make Up For Ever—a waterproof formula that pumps up the volume, big time. (Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Lash, $23,

Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara Hit by the Humid Weather
Smudging, creasing, and those random splotches of black eyeliner under your eyes? Yep, humidity can do all that. Bobbi Brown has made a name for itself for being susceptible to an active lifestyle–and this mascara from the brand is made specifically to resist the formula coming off, however that may be. It’s also buildable, which means you can continue layering it on throughout the day and your lashes won’t become one giant delicate hair assemblage. (Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara, $26,

The best waterproof mascara

The Pool Party
Diving in shouldn’t mean donezo to your eye makeup. Because you probably won’t want to put on any more makeup than mascara and chapstick (and SPF) to a pool party anyway, you’re going to need a solid summer-proof find. This mascara from Urban Decay stays on in aquatic and sweaty situations and is said to increase the magnitude of your lashes, too. (Urban Decay Cannonball Waterproof Mascara, $20,

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best waterproof mascaraThe Summer Blockbuster Tear-Jerker
Date night? Lashes better be in lock-down. Give them a lift with a mascara formula that curls and lengthens and won’t drip down your face when you get to that sad, teary-eyed part of the flick. That’s what Diorshow Iconic Extreme promises. This way, after-movie drinks won’t be interrupted by a touch-up session in the restroom. (Diorshow Iconic Extreme Waterproof Mascara, $29,